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Show Business Is No Business.

Published: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1951

Stock code: 88567

Price: £1,250

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First edition, first printing. Elaborately inscribed by Hirschfield on the light blue front blank, “To Arnold Weissberger, with affection, Al Hirschfield. 1/27/54”, along with a large drawing in red ink by Hirschfield, who has incorporated the publisher’s logo printed into a typical self-portrait – as a slightly crazed looking, hirsute figure – the Simon and Schuster device forming the fretboard and sound-hole of a bass-like instrument in the artist’s hands. Also on the front free endpaper is a gift inscription in another hand presenting the book to Weissberger, who was a New York-based theatrical lawyer and celebrity photographer with a wide international clientele. Weissberger may have received the book as a gift and then had Hirschfield inscribe it later.

Octavo. Original purple cloth backed blue boards, titles to spine and front board in pink, pictorial endpapers, top edge purple. With the dust jacket. Illustrations throughout by Al Hirschfield. Lower corner worn. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with a few nicks, short splits, and some minor creasing.

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